“A third of Kenya’s budget stolen? We checked former senator’s claim about much-travelled corruption statistics.”

“A third of Kenya’s budget stolen? We checked former senator’s claim about much-travelled corruption statistics.”

Kenyan president William Ruto has stepped up his government’s campaign to increase tax revenues as he attempts to wean the country off expensive debt.

His plans include freezing tax exemptions and, more controversially, tracking mobile money transactions. 

These plans were contained in a draft budget policy statement released on 18 January 2023. Kenya’s national treasury released the final version of the policy statement on 15 February.

Speaking on NTV Kenya, Billow Kerrow, a former senator for Mandera county, the most northeastern in the country, criticised the widely debated tax measures.

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